CIO-SP4: Final Request For Proposal (RFP) Breakdown

By Global Services on June 04, 2021


National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)’s highly-anticipated Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Final RFP has finally dropped. After months of delay with only the draft to reference, teams can now begin shredding the RFP and planning for submission by June 28, 2021. Today we will give you a basic overview of the contract and its requirements.


Solicitation Overview

Managed by NITAAC, this five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) was created with a few goals in mind: 1) to streamline acquisition of IT services and solutions for government agencies; 2) to create a contracting opportunity for small businesses; and 3) to assist agencies in meeting their socio-economic contracting goals.

CIO-SP4 will include Cost-Reimbursement type Task Orders (TOs) as described in FAR Subpart 16.3. All offerors are required to provide documentation of an accounting system that has been audited and deemed adequate for determining costs by either the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), any federal civilian audit agency, or a third-party Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm.

While this GWAC prefers small business offerors, Other Than Small Businesses (OTSBs) and Emerging Large Business (ELBs) can be awarded if they can cover all 10 Task Areas. Teaming arrangements are also eligible for this contract such as Contractor Teaming Arrangements (CTAs) (as defined by FAR 9.601), Joint-Ventures (JVs), Mentor-Protégé JVs, and Prime-Subcontractor teams.


CIO-SP4 Task Areas

CIO-SP4 covers ten Task Areas. Offerors who win a space on the contract will only be able to bid on work within their awarded Task Areas. The Task Areas include:

  • Task Area 1 (Mandatory of all offerors): IT Services for Biomedical Research, Health Sciences, and Healthcare
  • Task Area 2: CIO Support
  • Task Area 3: Digital Media
  • Task Area 4: Outsourcing
  • Task Area 5: IT Operations and Maintenance
  • Task Area 6: Integration Services
  • Task Area 7: Cyber Security
  • Task Area 8: Digital Government and Cloud Services
  • Task Area 9: Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Task Area 10: Software Development


All offerors MUST qualify for Task Area 1. In addition to Task Area 1, offers must cover a set number of additional Task Areas, depending on the offeror’s size status:

  • Small business: Task Area 1 and 7 additional Task Areas
  • 8(a): Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB): Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB): Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB): Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business: Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Indian-Owned Economic Enterprise (IEE): Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Indian Small Business Economic Enterprise (ISBEE): Task Area 1 and 4 additional Task Areas
  • Other Than Small Business (OTSB) / Emerging Large Business (ELB): All ten Task Areas


CIO-SP4 Proposal Structure / Instructions

Volume I: General

  • Section 1: Administrative Information
  • Section 2: Self-scoring Sheet (Attachment J.5)
  • Section 3: Self-scoring Documentation

Volume II: Go / No-Go Requirements

  • Section 1: Go / No-Go Requirements
    • Verification of adequate accounting system
    • SF 1407 (REV 1/2014)
    • Small business subcontracting plan (applies only to OTSBs and ELBs)
  • Section 2: Completed Reps and Certs from Section K

Volume III: Health IT Capability

  • The offeror must clearly describe experience with designing, developing, creating, using, and maintaining information systems for organizations within the healthcare field. The projects referenced can be from governmental or non-governmental organizations.

Volume IV: Management Approach

  • Subfactor 1 – Program Management
  • Subfactor 2 – Resources
  • Subfactor 3 – Corporate Commitment

Volume V: Past Performance

  • Section 1: Past Performance References (Attachment J.2 and J.3 in solicitation)
  • Section 2: Past performance Narratives
  • Section 3: Responses to any unacceptable ratings for CPARS (if applicable)

Volume VI: Price

  • Section 1 – Pricing Tables (Attachment J.1)


Deadlines for CIO-SP4

All questions must be submitted in the format provided in Attachment J-4 no later than 12:00 PM on June 01, 2021.

Proposals are due no later than 12:00 PM on June 28, 2021


Looking for a detailed breakdown of requirements to guide your proposal? Grab your free CIO-SP4 Proposal Guide here. Have questions about CIO-SP4? Contact us today!